Wikivoyage:Star articles

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Star articles

Star articles represent the very best that Wikivoyage offers, but they don't write themselves. Bringing an article to star status is one of the most difficult but appreciated tasks on Wikivoyage. If you're up to the challenge, plunge forward and pick an article, read the criteria and start writing.

A star article is a status rating for any article in Wikivoyage that is complete. This is what a Wikivoyage article is intended to be. Not only would you not need to consult another guide, you'd really have no reason to want to: it's all here.

They meet Wikivoyage's criteria for perfection, and are at least competitive with the best of existing travel guides to the destination, and at best they exceed all competition. Star articles have perfect spelling and grammar and the prose is lively. All listings match our manual of style. Star articles articles are those we hold up as examples of just how great a Wikivoyage article can become.

See also: Stub articles, Outline articles, Usable articles, Guide articles.

Identification[edit]

The criteria for what makes a "star" article varies depending on what the subject is. For example, an article about a city must have lots of good hotel and restaurant listings, but that doesn't make sense for an article about an entire region, which should instead have a listing of the cities in that region. Obviously the criteria for a travel topic or phrasebook would be different. See Project:Article status for an overview of article status criteria, or the following links for star criteria for specific article types:

A complete list of all current "star" articles can be found in Category:Star articles (organized by title) and at Star articles (organized by geography).

What to do with them[edit]

Nominate them[edit]

If you find an article that meets the criteria for "star" but hasn't been tagged as such, or if you improve an article to the point that it qualifies, please nominate it at Wikivoyage:Star nominations. Following a rigorous nomination process, it could be promoted to star status.

When you nominate an article, make sure to change its status rating to {{starnomination}}. If its promoted, you should tag it as such. Unlike the "stub" and "outline" tags, which are generic enough to apply to any kind of article, we have different tags for the different kinds of articles. For example, the tag for a star about a city looks like this: {{starcity}} which makes this appear on the page:

Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It is a high-quality article complete with maps, photos, and great information. If you know of something that has changed, please plunge forward and help it grow!



The other kinds of "star" tags are {{starregion}}, {{starcountry}}, {{starpark}}, {{startopic}}, {{starphrasebook}}, and {{staritinerary}}.

Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It is a high-quality article complete with maps, photos, and great information about the region. If you know of something that has changed, please plunge forward and help it grow!



Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It is a high-quality article complete with maps, photos, and great information about the country. If you know of something that has changed, please plunge forward and help it grow!
Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It is a high-quality article complete with maps, photos, and great information. If you know of something that has changed, please plunge forward and help it grow!



Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It covers the topic completely with great information and visuals. If you know of something that has changed or have new information to add, please plunge forward and keep it fresh!



Cscr-featured.svg This is a star phrasebook. It covers all the likely topics of travel conversation, with great information and visuals. If you have new information to add, please plunge forward and keep it fresh!



Cscr-featured.svg This is a star article. It covers the route completely with great information and visuals. If you know of something that has changed, or have new information to add, please plunge forward and keep it fresh!



You can add one of these messages at the bottom of the page. This tells readers that this article should be all they'll need to plan their visit... but acknowledges that there's always room for improvement (and updates) and invites them to make the article even better.

Improve them[edit]

The specific criteria vary depending on the kind of article (i.e. city, country, etc.) but a star article is as good as it gets. However, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't plunge forward to add your latest discovery at a destination. However, as coverage in a star article is essentially complete, only add listings that really add something new to the article in question and shouldn't be left out.

Fix mistakes[edit]

If you spot a mistake or something that is not up-to-date in a "star" article, plunge forward! If there are mistakes or irregularities in a star article, they should always be fixed, rather than the article being demoted. If an article's quality is beyond repair, or fixing it would take an immense effort, a de-star nomination process could be started at Wikivoyage:Star nominations. If you decide to nominate an article for de-starring, make sure to the article with {{destarnomination}} until the process is finished.